Would you recognise this person?

There was an opinion piece in one of the posher newspapers at the weekend, expressing the view that sportsmen and women don't belong in the Queen's Honours Lists.

The author was a fairly successful sportsman himself, who took part in the Olympics but didn't win a medal. He argued that Olympic medals, world championships, League titles were what these athletes dedicated their lives to, from a very early age, so having their name alongside the teachers/lollipop ladies/authors and (especially) politicians and civil servants who make up the lists was not in the least bit important to them.

I could sort of see his point, especially when the sportspeople in question are already world-famous, worth millions (billions?) of pounds and still active at the top of their sports. I will certainly not be referring to 'Sir' Andy Murray in anything to which I put my name, for instance.

But where he is wrong is in applying his argument to all sportsmen and women. How many of you who are not part of the stroke community have heard of Megan Giglia? Or Megan Giglia MBE, as she now must be called after being recognised in the New Year's Honours List.

As I have detailed here previously, Megan was a multi-sports coach before suffering a stroke in January 2013 which left her with right-side paralysis. To help in her rehabilitation, she took up cycling and won two gold medals at the Para-cycling Track World Championships last year. She then reached the pinnacle of her sport by winning gold in her classification at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

I should declare an interest because Megan is a patron of the stroke-survivor charity Different Strokes about which I talk a great deal, which has helped me enormously and for which I have raised money. But I haven't done one-thousandth of the things Megan has done to raise awareness of stroke, to educate the public about issues surrounding stroke-survivors and to help the world understand that a stroke doesn't have to be a death sentence.

Sportspeople like Megan do wonders to educate the wider world about what disabled people can do. By their efforts, they inspire and encourage the rest of us; they help our families and friends understand more about our situation (Mrs Warrior is a big fan of Megan's) and they really do act as role models, unlike plenty of highly-paid able-bodied professional sportsmen.

Megan Giglia MBE deserves to be honoured and recognised. Sir Andy Murray? Sir Bradley Wiggins? Do me a favour......